Beyond the Box Score: Zach Batton

first-class person before I got here, and he is going to be a first-class person long after he leaves here. That was my proudest moment for him, for sure.”

McDermott finished with only two field goals and had 14 points as the Arabians survived in overtime to beat the Cougars.

Coach’s take: “Zach has been our all-around leader. He’s the epitome of what a great teammate should be,” Lewis said. “He’s a very, very classy kid, who is going to be a very successful adult. … His role has definitely changed from last year. I know he was on the floor a lot, but he’s accepted and embraced his role and will do whatever it takes for the team to win. As far as practice and things like that, he’s that guy that keeps us balanced, that keeps us locked in. You never have to worry about whether Zach Batton is going to give you everything he’s got. He’s just a fighter.”